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Pakistan first ODI win against Zimbabwe

Pakistan first ODI win against Zimbabwe
LAHORE: Pakistan crunch Zimbabwe by 41 runs in the first ODI against Zimbabwe Gaddafi Stadium here Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Pakistan scored 375 points in the loss of 3 wickets in a rare display of brilliant batting and later limited the visitors to 334/5 in 50 overs all.

Was the one-day international the first to be played on the floor of the house in six years.

Shoaib Malik, playing his first one day after two years, notched a 76-ball 112 with 12 fours and two sixes after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat on flat ground.

He was given “Man of the Match” award for his brilliant batting display.

Malik built on trust 170 run opening stand between Mohammad Hafeez (86) and skipper Azhar Ali (79) as Pakistan improved on their previous best score of 349 against Zimbabwe in Jamaica in 2007.

His first innings and 31 percent since September 2009 came out 70 balls as Pakistan added 112 in the last ten acquisitions.

Malik, 33, was dismissed off the last delivery, Tinashe Panyangara caught in the covers.

He is part of a 201-run stand with Haris Sohail (89 no), a new record for the third wicket against Zimbabwe, beating the 145 tracks that Javed Miandad and Amir Sohail set in Hobart in 1992.

Pakistan won the T20 series 2-0 Sunday before a sellout crowd of 27,000 at the stage of Gaddafi, but will be far from happy about how two victories that saw them almost snatch defeat from the jaws of victory .

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